Intelligent Mining of Public Social Networks’ Influence in Society (MISNIS)

Type: National Project

Duration: from 2013 Apr 01 to 2015 Mar 31

Financed by: FCT

Prime Contractor: INESC-ID (Other)

Develop an analysis framework that can help to determine the effect of social networks in society by answering questions such as: What makes events become important in social networks? Why and how they become important? How long does it take for an event to make an impact in social networks and society? Can social networks give more importance to an event than it really deserves, i.e., are social networks becoming a factor by themselves? What is the role of social networks’ major actors (important journalists, bloggers, commentators, politicians, etc.) in the propagation of such events? Are such actors in the origin of the events or mere catalysts to the observations of minor role players? The intended framework will enable the identification and traction of important events (topics) and key actors within those topics, as well as identify their origin and propagation timeline. Measures and indicators to characterize events will be proposed by the research team and provided by the framework contributing with essential information to understand the social network phenomena and its importance in current world society.


  • INESC-ID (Other)
  • Instituto Superior Técnico (University) - Lisboa, Portugal
  • ISCTE (University)

Principal Investigators